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It is a MYSTERY to me. It is fantasy and not SCIENCE fiction. The images played in my head as I flew on two flights to Tucson, as if I was sitting in a THEATER. (Ok, the last word was pretty stretched.) I wrote 3K yesterday on a new story, most of the rough draft, as it's clearly a fairy tale.

It triggered on the words Frost spoke to me "Be Merciless." They were spoken in a completely different context, of how I should approach my editing this upcoming week. It didn't matter. I wrote them in a notebook as the plane took off from Dulles and a story began to pour out of me. I didn't really write during the hour I waited at Midway. I think that was a breather. I began writing again on the 4 hour final leg and kept it up most of the way.

It felt good. I was a bit more focused than the rough drafts I wrote in November during NaNo. This is good because it should make the editing easier. And while this is a typical story for me, based on fairy tales read many times over, I think it's more traditional than a lot of my work. It doesn't survive on its world building, but on its theme.

I've communed with horses, cats, dogs, Judy, and my sleep. I'm three hours away from my own time zone. I'm in an alternate universe, a safe place.

Frog Out


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Apr. 20th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Glad you arrived, Oz.

It is fantasy and not SCIENCE fiction.

Personally, I think it's science fantasy. That's where the the dragons have turbo thrusters. ;-)
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Oh I wish I'd thought of that! But I'm so traditional in my fantasy settings. Sigh. Might have more eye candy if I throw in something like that. Such a clever mind you have at times, thinking sideways and outside any box.
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I found this pic yesterday and was going to make a post about it on my SSF LJ, but didn't think it was clever enough. Or didn't know if anyone wanted to discuss what science fantasy might be. Star Wars? But I'll share the pic with you here.

Apr. 20th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Stan calls it fantasy with rivets. which is not Star Wars, really. Or not to me. That's space opera to me. Or space soap. It's only fantasy when Leia puts on her little outfit. And only for people oriented that way. I like that drawing.
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Thanks. What gave me the idea was a few years ago my dad (who knows little of this stuff) asked me what the difference between science fiction and fantasy was. Off the cuff and half-teasing, I said, "SF has spaceships. Fantasy has dragons."

Actually we had a good talk about this and I told him that Star Wars was neither SF nor fantasy. It's a Western set in space. My dad surprised me and said, "With a bit of Merlin the Magician thrown in." *g*
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
do not trust the cats. commune with them, sure, but do not believe their lying purrs and treacherous yowlings.
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
mysterious little creatures, aren't they?

so did you make a decision on going to AZ?
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed. Airline tickets have been purchased.

We'll be hanging out for a few days in Scottsdale, as part of my medical rehabilitation, and then on to my mother's place in Sun City West for Mother's Day and Birthday celebrations.

There are no double-wides in the forecast.
Apr. 20th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
"There are no double-wides in the forecast."

Indeed, I should hope not. Double-wides are an acquired taste.

Sounds like a good trip. Hot, but good.
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Apr. 20th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Having a nice time, yes. Need to make it a bit less nice with some WORK. I hate wrestling a story into a shape I can approve of. I'm so fussy. I keep asking my editor why can't the story just have gaps and places where I don't finish? Huh?
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